SiteGround has been around since 2004 and offers both standard hosting packages and managed WordPress solutions. SiteGround is best known for their low-priced hosting plans, blazing fast response times, and exceptional customer support.
SiteGround offers three WordPress-focused hosting plans in addition to several other high-performance options.
Unlike SiteGround, WP Engine has raised a massive amount of money from investors since their inception. In 2014 they raised a whopping $15,000,000 and then a staggering $23,000,000 in 2015.
Year to date they have raised over 40 million making them one of the leading managed WordPress hosts.
Founded in 2010, WP Engine is a managed WordPress hosting provider that has become a popular choice for users with larger websites because of its high-end service, one of a kind security features, and ability to scale.
Hosting Features Offered by Both WP Engine and SiteGround:
These are features that you should, under no circumstances whatsoever, compromise on.
- WordPress Installation/Onboarding. If you’ve ever signed up for a standard hosting plan then you probably already know that once the checkout process is complete, you’re left to install a CMS on your domain all by yourself. WordPress-specific hosting solutions will almost always pre-install the WordPress CMS to your domain during checkout so you can get your site up and running without delay.
- Performance, Uptime, and Caching. Between Google taking your site’s loading time into account in its ranking algorithm and your audience expecting your web pages to load in under two seconds, you’re left with little choice but to make sure your site is optimized for speed in every possible way.
- Automated Website Backups. If your site ever gets hacked you’ll need to restore a backup of it as quickly as possible.
- WordPress-Specific Features. As WordPress continues to grow, its specific requirements keep changing and not every hosting provider out there can support it. As of this writing, the WordPress CMS requires your host to be running PHP 7 (or greater), MySQL v.5.6 (or greater), and offer support for HTTPS in order to avoid security pitfalls.
- Data Centers. The closer your hosting server physically is to your site’s audience, the faster your site will load for them. Hosting providers that have several data centers often help you decide which one will work best for your site and visitors.
- Customer Service and Support Channels. Having an amazing customer support team that’s available around the clock and knowledgeable about WordPress-related issues will save you from having to figure technical mumbo jumbo out on your own in case things take a turn for the worse.